As reported in School Library Journal, The conservative Illinois Family Institute is calling for a boycott of Scholastic's Book Fairs and Book Club Catalog because the company is including the elementary level book "Love Ya Bunches" by Lauren Myracle in its middle school book fairs and in its catalog.
Why? Because one of the book's four main characters has two moms.
The IFI is urging parents to call and email Scholastic to inform them
"that as long as they are carrying books that affirm homosexuality as moral, you will not purchase books from them."
And so Scholastic has what it initially feared. But from both sides.
We Liberals are upset with them that they tried to censor the book in the first place, and then tried to mollify us by saying they'd include the book with the lesbian moms intact in some of their fairs (only not for the target age range.)
Conservatives are upset that Scholastic is carrying the book anywhere with the two mom characters intact.
And here is where it gets to be such a wonderful opportunity for Scholastic to STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE, rather than simply being reactive to angry protests from one side or the other.
At the end of the day, it's all about character. And I don't mean the two mom characters. I mean the character of Scholastic as an organization.
What do they stand for?
If Scholastic supports freedom of expression, and author's rights, and the reality of hundreds of thousands of children being raised by Gay parents, they'll stand by the book - conservative boycott or not. I hope they do.
It will be interesting to see what Scholastic does next.
(And if I can suggest: an apology for asking for the de-gaying, as part of a statement of support for the Gay Parenting community, would be a wonderful first step.)